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Warning Signs Your Child May Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea

New evidence suggests that certain face shapes, such as retruded or those with narrowed jaws and long faces, can put a child at risk for developing chronic health problems such as sleep apnea. These shapes may contribute to interrupted breathing during sleep because they encourage compromised nasal breathing and mouth breathing even while the person is awake.

One study, for example, published in the National Institutes of Health, found that facial morphology influences obstructive sleep apnea.

Why Does This Affect Children Specifically?

Children's jaws are not yet fully developed until around age 16, meaning their face shapes are still going through some degree of restructuring. Additionally, many poor breathing and sleeping habits are first cultivated during adolescence.

Behavioral Signs A Child May Have A Sleep Disorder

Sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea, can have detrimental effects on a child's development. Therefore, diagnosing the early signs of such a condition is crucial to fostering the best conditions for a healthy and productive childhood. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and dentists can identify the potential for sleep apnea by recognizing these early warning signs:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Behavioral Inhibition
  • Impulsivity
  • Withdrawal
  • Executive Dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Rule Breaking
  • Peer Problems
  • Conduct Problems

Being Aware and Working Together

During their formative years, children are under the supervision of numerous adults, making it difficult for one person to note all of the potential warning signs. Working with your child's teachers and doctors can often go a long way in identifying potential health concerns.

These indicators don't always signify a sleep disorder either. If your child suffers from any of the items listed above, it's necessary that you contact your pediatrician or pediatric dentist so that sleep apnea can be ruled out.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Lynnwood, WA

Diagnosis is one of the biggest obstacles in treating sleep apnea, especially for children. In many cases, an in-lab overnight sleep study can cost well over $500. Such a price point is often out of budget for parents, so to combat this problem, Dr. Buck offers patients an exam and screening study for a fraction of the usual cost. If you believe your child may be experiencing signs of sleep apnea, contact Dr. Buck at (425) 361-0968 or visit our contact page here to schedule an appointment. 

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